Government Fleet News

DOT Finds No Electronic Flaws in Toyotas Cause Unintended Acceleration

WASHINGTON - A 10-month study by the U.S. DOT did not find any electronic system flaws to be the cause of the unintended acceleration problem reported to affect Toyota vehicles.

North American-European Propane Summit to be Held in D.C., Feb. 9

WASHINGTON - A panel discussion will cover the North American propane autogas market in addition to discussion of propane autogas usage worldwide.

Chicago Signs Fleet Management Solution License

CHICAGO - The City of Chicago has signed an agreement to deploy WebTech Wireless’ Quadrant fleet management software on an enterprise (i.e. large-scale) basis.

La Porte, Ind. Can’t Use CMAQ Funds to Buy Vehicles

LA PORTE, IN - Funding for future city vehicle purchases is uncertain with the CMAQ program fund usage restrictions.

San Antonio Hosts Ethanol Workshop

SAN ANTONIO - The Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition encourages fleet managers and other interested parties to attend an ethanol workshop on Feb. 10 focusing on flex fuel vehicles. The deadline to register is today.

Rockford, Ill. Considering Leasing Fleet Vehicles

ROCKFORD, IL - The city of Rockford, Ill. is considering leasing to upgrade its aging fleet after receiving a report from an accounting and advisory services company.

Cape May County Outsources Heavy Equipment Maintenance

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NJ - Cape May County will begin outsourcing its heavy-duty equipment maintenance to three nearby municipalities on March 25.

The Kassmaul Electronics auxiliary charging solution.

Charging Solution Keeps Tomball Patrol Vehicles Running

TOMBALL, TEXAS - This plug-in auxiliary charging solution keeps Tomball PD's cruisers ready for duty.

An existing 30,000 sq. ft. County-owned building will house a fleet operations center that will maintain public safety, mosquito-control, and general County fleet vehicles.

Lake County Consolidates Fleet Facilities

TAVARES, FL - With the construction of a new fleet facility approved in January, Lake County (Fla.) will consolidate its three fleet services facilities. County officials expect construction of the 19-bay central fleet location to be completed in six months.

Nine Orlando City Vehicles Burglarized

ORLANDO, FL - The Orlando Sentinel reported that nine city vehicles were burglarized over the weekend of Jan. 29-30. A Parks and Special Facilities Bureau supervisor discovered the burglary.

City of San Diego Fleet Functions Out for Bid

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council approved a plan Feb. 1 to bid out the functions of its Fleet Services Department. The City intends to acquire the services of a provider to service its Fleet Services operational needs through a managed competition process.

Alamo Clean Cities Helps Build Electric Dune Buggy

KERRVILLE, TEXAS - The Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition will be featured on this week's MotorWeek program. The coalition helped raise funds to build a dune buggy as part of the American Cancer Society's Camp Discovery.

Attendees at NAFA's NorCal-Nevada meeting on Jan. 28.

NAFA NorCal-Northern Nevada Meeting to Feature Plug-in & EV Showcase

NAPA, CA - The NAFA NorCal-Northern Nevada chapter held its first meeting of 2011 in Napa, Calif.on Friday, Jan. 28. At the meeting the chapter announced that the February 2011 meeting will be a special event, the 2011 Plug-in and Electric Vehicle Showcase, and will display a number of vehicles from a range of manufacturers.

Public EV Charging Station Comes to Conn.

MIAMI BEACH, FL - Car Charging Group Inc., a provider of electric vehicle charging services, and the Norwalk Parking Authority on Jan. 31 celebrated the opening of an EV charging station in a municipal parking area in Fairfield County, Conn.

Calif. to Halve Passenger Vehicle Fleet

SACRAMENTO, CA - Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order on Jan. 28 ordering an immediate halt to non-emergency new car purchases and turn-in of fleet cars not essential to state business. The governor plans to cut California's 11,000-unit passenger vehicle fleet in half.

Albuquerque Reinstates Take-Home Patrol Vehicles

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Albuquerque Police Officers Association sued the City for a policy that limited the take-home car program to police officers who live within the City. The mayor’s office reached an agreement with the APOA that reinstates take-home vehicles for all current officers and that is expected to save taxpayers $1 million.

1 Week Left to Nominate Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 11.

Bay City Cracks Down on Vehicle Idling

BAY CITY, MI - The Bay City Commission approved a new policy Jan. 24 aimed at stopping city employees from wasting fuel.

Tacoma to Buy 91 EVs and Hybrids

TACOMA, WA - Tacoma City Council approved the purchase of (10) 2011 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles, (70) Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicles, and (11) Ford Fusion Hybrid detective vehicles.

Alt-Fuel Workshop Covers CNG Incentives & Resources

GREELEY, CO - Fleet managers, vehicle technicians, fuel and technology providers, government officials, and the general public attended a workshop on compressed natural gas (CNG) technology, including fuel savings and fueling infrastructure, in Colorado on Jan. 24.

Grand Jury Praises Fresno County Sheriff’s Fleet Management

FRESNO, CA - A Fresno County Grand Jury report released Jan. 21 stated that the grand jury was impressed with the overall management of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office (FSO) vehicles. The report also recommended FSO implement a pilot maintenance program with County Fleet Services.

Sacramento Reduces Fuel Costs & Improves Productivity with Telematics

SACRAMENTO, CA - The City of Sacramento's recent implementation of vehicle telematics has led to significant reductions in fleet fuel consumption and operating costs. The City equipped more than 400 vehicles with electronic fleet management products.

Calif. Legislators Turn Down State Vehicles

SACRAMENTO, CA - Eighteen of 31 first-year California state legislators have decided not to order a new state-subsidized fleet vehicle, a symbolic gesture in closing the state's $25.4 billion budget gap.

Trumbull County Votes to Add GPS to 32 Vehicles

WARREN, OH - The Trumbull County, Ohio Commissioner’s Office voted Jan. 26 to add GPS to 32 vehicles, according to representatives from the Commissioner’s Office. The county decided to add GPS because it wants to keep track of the whereabouts of employees using its vehicles during work hours.

CNG Refuse Trucks to Save Richmond $1M

RICHMOND, VA - McNeilus Companies, Inc. is supplying the City with its first 25 CNG-powered refuse vehicles, along with a complete maintenance program for the vehicles.

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